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Comedy in Cleveland: Cy Amundson at Hilarities, Jim Breuer at the Rocksino

August 8, 2018

Comedy in Cleveland: Cy Amundson at Hilarities, Jim Breuer at the Rocksino

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the host of the Laugh Track column, a rusting iron man ... Mike McIntyre.

Thank you, Cleveland! Thousands of world-class athletes are in town this weekend for the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships centered at Edgewater beach. I won’t be joining them in the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run because I just completed my first triathlon this week.

And by that I mean I added up the distance of every swim, bike ride and run I have ever had. My dash to the elevator Wednesday put me over the top. I’m still waiting for my medal.

At Hilarities: Cy Amundson, who started his comedy career in Minneapolis and now is based in Los Angeles, isn’t a regular in Cleveland comedy clubs. After this weekend’s gig at Hilarities, I’m betting he will be. Guy is funny.

Here’s one example. He talks about losing a friend on Facebook, and in real life, when the friend wrote a flowery “happy birthday” post directed at his own 6-year-old son, Timmy.

“So I went on and commented on that. ‘Hey man, why didn’t you tag Timmy in your status?’

“And he replied to that, ‘Because he’s 6. He doesn’t have a Facebook account.’

“And so I replied to that, ‘Yeah, exactly.’ ”

He says that 15 years ago, you’d have to make a direct phone call to seek validation from others about the awesomeness of your offspring, then he acts out the call.

″ ’Hey Cy, it’s my son Tim’s sixth birthday today, so I just wanted to say ... ‘Happy birthday, Tim; you light up every room you walk into. My days will never be dark now due to  your presence and I just love you so much, bud. Daddy loves you so much. Hugs and kisses. I love you, I love you, bud.’

″ ‘All right so is he on the other line then, is this a conference call situation?’

″ ‘Nope, he’s in his room playing with his toys by himself. But did I do good? Do you like me now? Did I do good?’ ”

Cy Amundson headlines Hilarities at 8 p.m. Wednesday ($18) and Thursday ($23), 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday ($25), and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday ($28). Hilarities is inside Pickwick & Frolic restaurant,  2035 East Fourth St., Cleveland. Call 216-736-4242 or go to pickwickandfrolic.com.

At the Cleveland Improv: Bruce Bruce is back, headlining the Improv. He performs at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25-$35. The Improv is at 1148 Main Ave., next to Shooters on the west bank of Cleveland’s Flats. Call 216-696-4677 or go to clevelandimprov.com.

At the Hard Rock: Last year, fans got to see Jim Breuer in the more intimate setting of the Hilarities stage. This weekend, he brings his amped-up act to the much larger Hard Rock Live stage at the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield. It may actually suit his extreme physicality better, though Breuer in any setting is an intense comedic experience.

Check out my interview with Breuer from a few years back, where he talks about making Cleveland the destination for a family vacation.

Breuer performs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Hard Rock Live inside the Rocksino, 10777 Northfield Road in Northfield. Tickets are $29 to $55, plus fees. Go to ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Call the venue at 1-855-660-7625.

Accidental is closer: The Accidental Comedy Festival, which has blossomed into an awesome weekend of laughs and good comedic karma in Cleveland, is set to take over Hilarities Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29 to Sept. 2. The best deal? A pair of passes for every performance, Wednesday through Sunday, for a total of $200. That’s $100 apiece, if you can find a friend.

We’ll give you more in an upcoming column, but among the shows we’re looking forward to seeing: Clayton English, winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2015, headlines Thursday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m.; Sean Patton has the mic at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31; and Debra DiGiovanni, who headlines the 7:30 p.m. show on Saturday, Sept. 1.

The festival brings hilarious comics you may never have heard of, but should -- and will. Check out accidentalcomedy.com for tickets and ticket packages or call Hilarities at  216-736-4242.

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